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Let the Right One In beats National’s Othello at South Bank Sky Arts Awards

A scene from Let the Right One In. Photo: Manuel Harlan.
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The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Let the Right One In has scooped the theatre prize at this year’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Let the Right One In, which was adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany, beat the National Theatre’s Othello and Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica – which was a co-production between Headlong and the Almeida Theatre – to win the award.

The prize marks the second South Bank Sky Arts award for Tiffany, who also won the theatre award in 2007 for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch. He stepped down as director in residence at the NTS in 2012.

He said: “My time at the National Theatre of Scotland has been bookended by two of these awards, which has been fabulous.”

He added that the awards are special because they cross art forms, adding: “In 2007 I spent the evening with Amy Winehouse – when else would I have done that? It’s a wonderful thing that you get to celebrate with all the other people in the world trying to create work that will make art brilliant.”

ITV’s Broadchurch won in the TV drama section, beating BBC2’s The Fall and Top of the Lake, and comic Bridget Christie took the comedy prize.

She won for her production A Bic for Her, which last year won the best comedy prize at the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Christie beat the film Alan Partridge – Alpha Papa, and Sky comedy Psychobitches to win the prize.

At the ceremony, hosted by Melvyn Bragg, the Royal Opera House’s Written on Skin won the opera category, beating Welsh National Youth Opera’s Paul Bunyan and Aldeburgh Festival’s Grimes on the Beach.

The Southbank Centre’s Rest is Noise festival took the classical prize and the Mark Bruce Company scooped the dance price, for its production of Dracula.

Bruce described winning as “shocking”, and added: “You don’t presume these kind of things, and you don’t make work for this reason. We made the show, and it became successful very quickly and continues to be so, which is overwhelming.”

He added: “Obviously we have tapped into something. We worked really hard to go back to the source material and find what is so special about what is essentially a strange book, and an incomplete book actually.”

Dracula, which starred Jonathan Goddard, will tour again later this year.

Meanwhile, Nick Helm, currently appearing in BBC3’s Uncle, was presented the Time Breakthrough award.

At today’s event, Sky Arts also announced the five recipients of its Sky Academy Arts Scholarships. Each artist receives £30,000 and mentoring from the arts industry. Winners included choreographer Eleesha Drenna and theatre designer David Shearing.

The ceremony will be be broadcast on Sky Arts on January 30.

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